Today I’m going to take you on a walk through my little Italian neighborhood!
It was so fun to read about other neighborhoods literally all around the world, that I thought it would be fun to join in. I signed up for it earlier this year, and today it’s my turn to share!
We live just outside of Milan, Italy in a little village called Basiglio. I was drawn to it immediately when we came for our first visit to Milan, because it has a charming Italian feel to it and it’s not far from the international school my kiddos attend.
In the center of the village there is a police station, doctor’s office, bakery, coffee bar, travel agency, beauty parlor, restaurant, and a veterinarian office.
After living in America where I had to drive everywhere, it is so nice to be able to walk to the bakery, or to dinner if we want!
Via Roma is one of the main streets in town. It is lined with typical Italian homes, all connected to each other. Basiglio has a mix of small apartment buildings and attached homes with small gardens, called villas.
Most people out here where we live in the ‘burbs drive a car. People also ride bikes, motorcycles and ride the bus where we live.
Our town is quiet and peaceful, but then you drive out of the village and almost immediately there are cars and motorcycles on every side, everyone is always in a hurry!
My local grocery store is about a 3 minute drive from my house. There are several larger grocery stores about 20 minutes drive away which I go to as well. I love this one because it is easy, small and close and has the basics. They also have a wonderful little bakery + café that sits right in front of the store.
I failed at getting a photo of my little local market I love, but this is a typical green grocer market you will find in many neighborhoods. They usually sell fresh fruits and veggies and a few basic groceries and household items inside.
Our little village is quiet and green (compared to the city!) with many trees, parks and bike paths. Basiglio is surrounded by arborio rice fields, which is used to make the wonderful northern Italian specialty dish of risotto.
This is the International school where my kids attend. They love it and have made friends from all over the world there! Their classes are in English, but they take an Italian language class.
We love to go into Milan and when we go, we drive about 15 minutes to the nearest metro station and take the metro in. People who live in the center of Milan usually walk, ride bikes or motorcycles, take the tram or the metro.
We live near this little yellow church, and it makes me so happy that I take pictures all the time of it. Once we made peace with the bells that ring every 30 minutes around the clock… we were in love. I have about a bazillion photos of it.
Thanks for hanging out with me in Italy! Head over to the Piri Piri Lexicon to read more of this excellent series. Next stop around the world is Switzerland!
Grazie Mille Annabelle for letting me join this worldwide adventure!